Twas The Night Before Christmas, Again

I composed this last year while waiting for the kids to fall asleep, and thought it fitting enough to repost. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Every creature was stirring, but nary a mouse.
All the stockings were hung on the stair rail with care
But they fell off days ago before St. Nicholas was there.

The children were nestled beneath the tree
While envisioning gifts that were to be.
And mamma in her sweats, wearing no cap
Just wanted to settle down for a long winter's nap,

When down in the living room there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Down the stairs I flew like a flash,
and ran into the living room with a dash.

The light from the tree surely did show
That the kids were about to come to blows
Over whether or not Santa is for real
And how many cookies he might steal.

With a little mama wisdom, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment I had to side with St. Nick.
More rapid than toddlers when they're feeling naughty
I said he's real, but didn't sound snotty.

And I whistled, and sang, and read a story
All about Santa, and the gifts he's sporting
I reminded them all of Christmases past
And all the booty that Santa brought; they were aghast.

Now to get them to settle, one and all
I'll have to think of a way for myself to stall
So that I can stay awake long enough
To fill stockings with stuff

And then what to my wondering eyes should I see?
But the kids getting tired, oh what glee!
I cannot wait to get to bed
It's been a long week and I'm feeling like lead.

But Santa is real, of that I know
Because every year he makes a show
And sets out the gifts and fills each stocking
But never while a child is talking.

So I bid you good night, one and all
From the short even to the tall.
My dear children, Santa is near
And there's never any need to fear.

Because whether or not you believe,
Rest assured you will receive
All the good things that come
every year on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


And just in case you don't believe in Santa, here's a story that will give you hope again.


mommaof4wife2r said...

you are very, very good. love it! i am gonna copy that...or may i copy that??

merry christmas to you all!

the planet of janet said...

excellent! you have mad skillz.

merry christmas, hon.

Andrea said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! This was one of the easiest years to get my kids into bed. It was so great.

And when my little man opened your crayon holder, he was sooooo excited. And my husband said, "Did you make that?" oh the man should have known better!! LOL!!! Thanks, the kids love it!!

Michelle said...

Aww, Merry Christmas, Karen! I love the poem. And the other post made me cry, too. Here's hoping Santa was good to all of you this year! said...

Oh! How sweet! Yes, Virginia....

CC said...

Fabulous poem! :)

just jamie said...

LOVE this. Hope it was just beautiful for you and the whole family.